Wire Pass Trailhead

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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House Rock Valley Rd. Kanab, UT 84741 435-644-1200 Official Website

GPS: 37.0188, -112.0268

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Overview of Wire Pass Trailhead

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Pad Type dirt

Elevation 4,888 ft / 1,489 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Wire Pass Trailhead 2 people have reviewed this location.

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“Awesome slot canyon hike!”

Reviewed 5/30/2019

Overall Rating

The previous reviewer is incorrect, this is not just parking for the wave. It is parking for the wave which requires a permit and this is parking for Wire Pass trail. There is a self pay station that costs $6/ person for Wire Pass. The trail is a great hike through some very cool slot canyons. You have to hike about 1 mile down a river wash then you come to the slot canyons. You hike about .7 miles through slot canyons until you come to a T. Go left or right for even more slot canyons. To the right was kind of wet. I did not camp here so I cannot comment on that. The road to get here is rough, my minivan made it no problem, but I wouldn't want to take my lower sitting motorhome.


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19' Airstream International
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
17 reviews
“Trailhead for The Wave”

Reviewed 12/18/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Overall Rating

This is the usual trailhead for the Wave (Hard-to-get BLM permit required if you plan on doing that hike). Otherwise it's pretty similar to other dispersed camping along House Rock Valley Road.

There's plenty of parking in the main lot right along the road but for a little seclusion or if you have a tent you can follow a track up a small hill to a fire ring.

If you're looking for something a bit more formal or you're not hiking to The Wave you may be better off a little further south at the State Line Campground so you can leave parking here for people who do have Wave plans.

The north end of House Rock Valley Road is surfaced in clay and may be passable to 2wd low clearance vehicles when dry but if it gets even slightly wet it becomes completely impassable, even with 4wd. To the south it gets a bit rockier. Always check the latest weather and road conditions (https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/GSENM-Road-Condition-Report.pdf)

Site Quality

ChrisRoams would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • pets


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Cool campground on the AZ/UT border

- Leslie

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Good spot if you want to get an early start on a hike

- ChrisRoams

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Nice spot to hang out

- Marxmail

Kitchen Corral Wash


- mark

Paria Road Dispersed Camping

Solitude with a view!!

- TheAdventureTravelers

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